October 8, 2015 -
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called the extreme rain her state experienced recently "historic." But her administration has been less than forthcoming about the reality of climate change and its expected impacts on her state — which include more extreme rainfall events.
September 21, 2015 -
So far this year 67 individuals and companies have given $1 million or more to super PACs supporting presidential candidates. Southern donors, including many Texas oil billionaires, account for over 50 percent of the contributions and have given exclusively to GOP candidates.
September 11, 2015 -
An effort is underway to kill a North Carolina law — the only one like it in the region — that requires utilities to generate an increasing amount of electricity from clean sources like solar and wind. Following the money behind what some are calling the "solar haters" campaign leads straight to dirty energy interests.
August 21, 2015 -
A two-year investigation by North Carolina's elections board found no campaign finance violations by indicted video poker owners and their lobbyists, but questions remain about other possibly illegal activity by the industry — and about its relationship to Gov. Pat McCrory.
August 14, 2015 -
An alliance of pro-drilling coastal state governors and the energy industry is pressing the Obama administration to open the Atlantic to oil and gas development. But a growing grassroots movement is fighting the plan, arguing that the environmental and economic risks are too great.
July 17, 2015 -
A new report examines the well-being of state democracies and finds that seven of the nation's 10 least healthy are in the South. We take a look at barriers to voting across the region.
July 10, 2015 -
Wealthy special interests are increasingly spending money to influence state judicial races, threatening the independence of judges and damaging public confidence in the integrity of the courts.